The friend I went to India with loved to play UNO. We first played it up on the roof, a nice sunny place that the kids wouldn’t come very often.
We were quickly informed that playing cards was illegal. Ever after, we played UNO in our room with the door closed.
I came back to Canada and went into culture shock. The youth group watched the movie “Dodgeball” right after I arrived. I hadn’t watched TV let alone anything R rated. I hid in another room and read books. I mentioned it to my aunt, who mentioned it to the church elders, who shamed the youth leaders. I felt like a jerk, but still justified.
Then, the youth became obsessed with poker. I who played illegal card games for months and months now found poker so extreme. It taught people to lie! For some reason, that seemed unacceptable even though I loved improv. So, I boycotted poker games.
Really, I enjoyed going for walks and discussing different topics more than sitting and playing cards.
But, why didn’t I see how the Indian views of the evils of UNO and the Canadian church’s views of the evils of poker were similar?